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. and this president has made unprecedented use of them. nbc news has obtained a government document that lays out the legal argument to justify the president's use of drones to kill al qaeda suspects, including, in some cases, u.s. citizens. our national investigative correspondent michael isikoff broke the story and has our report. >> reporter: drones have been called president obama's weapon of choice. during his four years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated at an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc
information first from the white house about events surrounding the fatal attack on u.s. diplomatic mission in benghazi, libya last september. this is republican senator john cornyn of texas. >> the majority leader knows full well the reason why the debate -- closing off debate was denied was because a reasonable request been made on the site for additional information. i hope and trust it will be provided here in the next few days. and when we come back from the recess, we will have another vote and another opportunity for senators to express themselves. but this is not any attempt to kill this nomination. this is not a filibuster. >> democrats are vowing to revive hagel's nomination following the recess next week. despite republican denials, senate -- bitter majority leader harry reid said the block or isn't it an historic filibuster. >> not a single nominee for secretary of defense ever in history of the country has been filibustered. >> chuck hagel is a former republican senator who is faced criticism for straying from the party line on iran and iraq war and making comments perceived as
his support for drones and the targeted killings of u.s. citizens. >> people that were standing up here today, i think they really have a misunderstanding of what we do as a government and the care we take, and the agony we go through to make sure we do not have any collateral injuries or deaths. >> 8 codepink protesters are arrested. we will speak with the group's founder who after returning from pakistan to protest drones, personally went to the house of john brennan, not on the door. he invited her in. we will find out what they talked about. you also speak with jeremy scahill, author of the forthcoming book and movied andirty wars," and melvin goodman, author of, "national insecurity: the cost of american militarism." all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!,", the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. john brennan, president of and is picked to head the cia, defended the administration's controversial counterterrorism policies during his senate confirmation hearing thursday. he attempted to justify the administration's use of drone strikes, and
now!" >> i think it is a vital tool. i have been intimately involved with the condition u.s government has been involved in and i consider without a doubt it has been very successful as far as producing intelligence. >> as counter-terrorism czar john brennan heads to capitol today for his confirmation hearing to head the cia, we will look at his role in the government's secretive post-9/11 rendition program. we will speak with amrit sing, author of the new report, "globalizing torture: cia secret detention and extraordinary rendition." >> the american public needs to know what its government did. grabbing people off the street, flying them to secret cia prisons to be locked up, shut out, held in detention and subjected to interrogation, and many instances that amounted to torture. >> then radio ambulante and the power of radio. >> we begin at the world's busiest border crossing in tijuana. it is rush hour and a mass exodus into the u.s., each with a particular mission and a baggage to prove it. summer caring suitcases, others carrying school books. >> an spanish-language radio program
earthquake was detected in and around the test site. the u.s. geological survey measured magnitude 4.9, considerably more powerful than previous tests. leaders have condemned it. and there are protests in south korea. they have the north korean flag and pictures of the leader of north korea, kim john thune. >> this remote mountain range in northern north korea for weeks has been under scrutiny. on tuesday the wait was over. pyeongchang said it carried out a test of a miniaturized nuclear weapons in a tunnel. this nuclear tests, unlike the previous one, was safely and perfect conducted at a high level by using a smaller and lighter nuclear armed with high explosive part. >> that claim marks a change about north korea's nuclear program. for years the governments here and in the u.s. have said north korea was some way of having a miniaturize device suitable for use on top of a missile. at least, this test brings that prospect closer. despite last year's successful rocket launch, north korea has yet to develop ballistic missile that could strike the u.s. that the country it says its nucl
there in that video this morning. they have the capability to be held and used to produce rapid fire. i asked a question on month ago, what purpose does serve in civilians hands are on the street. i haven't received an answer yet but they did blurt the second amendment. 2nd amendment. it wasn't about the 2nd amendment. i defend the second amendment. and i want to see that upheld and regulated and it hasn't been. when that was written on most 300 years ago we didn't have the weapons we have today in the technology. they had muskets and cannons. i think it was 1934 when the ban was put on machine guns, the regulation. we haven't had a mass killing with a machine gun since. i feel these so-called assault weapons that have certain characteristics should fall in that category and be banned. >> thank you mr. heslin, thank you very much. at one point steinbeck had to write a small paragraph that said basically, people are asking what happened. this was after his wife joined him in seattle and when he says we get is not charlie and john. and somebody must have said tim hey where's charlie? yes disapp
" for now. thank you for being with us. "the ed show" with ed schultz starts right now. >>> good evening, americans, and welcome to "the ed show" from new york. the obama administration's policy of targeting americans comes under attack on capitol hill. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> every american has the right to know when their government believes it's allowed to kill them. >> the president's pick for cia takes a grilling over the targeted killings of american citizens. >> people are reacting to a lot of falsehoods that are out there. >> reporter: tonight, the man who broke this story, michael eyes ackoff of abc news on the revelations for the brennan confirmation hearing. first it was virginia. now michigan is flirting with state-mandated vaginal probes. there's a late update on this story. i'll talk war on women with terry o'neil and actress martha plimpton. >>> senator bernie sanders has a new plan to stop corporate tax dodgers. >> corporations are people, my friend. >> the senator unveils his new bill here tonight. >>> plus, someone actually made the paul harvey farm
the governor some tips on becoming the biggest loser. >>> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. the confirmation hearings of cia director nominee john brennan got off to a rocky start today. human rights protesters from the activist group code pink interrupted the hearings before they even started. john brennan is the architect of the obama administration's drone warfare program, which includes targeted killings. once the hearing got under way, there was another disruption. the protester was escorted out. then there was another. same thing. seconds later there was another. and then another. finally, chairwoman senator dianne feinstein broke up the proceedings. >> we're going to halt the hearing. i'm going to ask that the room be cleared and that the code pink associates not be permitted to come back in. we've done this five times now and five times are enough. >> the chaos underscored the controversy of the administration's policy. many americans want to know how the united states can order the killings of american citizens without due process. earlier today the ju
. the state of the union is all about simple solutions. >> let us mobilize the most powerful industrial nation that ever existed on this earth to put all our people to work. >> that's a pretty good goal for president. thanks for joining the conversation this week on "your money." you can find me on twitter. and ali will be back next week. have a great weekend. >>> it is 4:00 p.m. in the east, 1:00 p.m. on the west coast. i'm martin savidge. we're about to get new details about the hunt for christopher dorner. as soon as this news conference gets under way, we're going to take you there. >>> right now in the san bernardino mountains, investigators are trying to find christopher dorner. investigators say he killed three people, including a police officer and injured two others last week across southern california. dorner mthreatened more bloodshed, saying he wants revenge on the police department after it fired him. casey, what are you hearing now? >> reporter: well, martin, you talked ant that investigation. that is continuing and that search is continuing near the community of big bear. that i
whether they're going to continue that search effort. they are still using air power in that search. there's a helicopter being deployed with body heat sensors. they have received several reports of sightings from the public. but none of those reports have panned out. none of them has led them any closer to finding out where christopher dorner is right now. marty? >> what's the reason for that scale back? do they believe he's no longer there or is there something else going on we're not aware of? >> reporter: they're not saying specifically -- >> casey, i'm going to stop you. the press conference is getting started right now. let's listen in as the authorities begin to brief us and update us on the investigation for the search of mr. dorner. we're just watching as the authorities gather there behind the microphone. this is a joint news conference which we expect to hear from both the federal, state and local level, as a new task force has been put in place to track down the suspect. >> good afternoon. today the search for christopher dorner continues. let me be clear. our dedication to cat
.i.a. anyway. he said over the last four years, the american people have gotten used to how right wing i am, so will go along with my pick. the question is will the senate. >> we'll ask the police to please remove this woman. if you would remove that individual please, as quickly as you can. thank you. >> kathy and my brother, tom. >> i speak for the mothers -- >> all right, we will stop again. all right. >> pakistan, somalia. if you don't know who they are i have a list of all the names. >> we're going to halt the hearing. i'm going to ask that the room be cleared and that they not be permitted to come back in. >> cenk: way to get them. senator feinstein spent a lot of the hearing defending john brennan, talking about the so-called american citizen al awlkai. he was a u.s. citizen you. might not like the guy but he was a u.s. citizen. feinstein said it's no big deal that we killed them and if you knew what we know. yeah, why don't you share. why don't you ask john bran anyone who's in front of you going to be the next head of the c.i.a. if you vote for him, what evidence did you have to kill a
.n' >> how is "lincoln" not your favorite movie? >> that's a different one. >> that's it for us. thanks for watching. have a great week. >>> this is a fox news alert a. wild and chaotic day at the daytona international speedway after two crashes during the nationwide race, including this one. on the final lap moments before the end of the race, cellularson's car sailing into the fence that separates the track from the grand stands. he managed to escape from his car afterwards, but his accident set off a chain reaction with reports of at least ten cars crashing into each other. large chunk attention of debris flew into the stands, injuring fans. but we don't know how many were injured. emergency workers are being stretchers into the crowd to care for the injured. shortly before that crash, there was another accident involving 13 cars. this one happening with five laps remaining in the race. tony stewart won the race by maneuvering around the wreckage but did not celebrate afterwards. we'll bring you more details on this crash coming up later in this show. >> and we're glad you're with us
and how they were used. we're going to have a lot of it. -- don't be unctuous in doing it. i am bill o'reilly. please always remember that the spin stops right here because we are definitely looking out for you. >> sean: this is a fox news alert. a seven-day standoff in alabama where a five-year-old boy was being held in an underground bunker is now over. the man holding the boy hostage. 65-year-old jimmy lee dikes is dead. now according to officials. officers stormed the bunker after negotiations had deteriorated with dikes and officers believed the boy was in imminent danger. five-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. at this time it is still unclear how exactly dikes died. he snatched the boy after killing a driver and there is a police press conference and when it happens we will bring you that when it happens. meanwhile, in other news, our campaigner in chief pounds the pavement. he is desperately trying to push through stricter gun control laws. the anointed one took his case to the people of minnesota and made one thing loud and clear about gun control policies
address, john allen said the u.s. is winning the war in afghanistan. >> afghan forces defending afghan people and enabling the governments of this country to serve its citizens, this is victory. this is what winning looks like. we should not shrink from using these words. i've lived afghanistan will never again be a safe haven to terrorists -- i believe afghanistan will never again be a safe haven to terrorists and the scourge of the plague of the world. >> the obama administration plans to nominate alan to serve as the next supreme allied commander after he was cleared of misconduct in the scandal of the ousted david petraeus. israeli forces have dismantled a number -- another palestinian encampment challenging the settlement growth in the west bank. activists erected tents near have been saturday in a bid to protect their town. there were forcibly -- they were forcibly arrested. bahrain's government holding reconciliation talks about opposition parties for the first time in over a year. the negotiations last broke down in july 2011 after opposition groups accused the u.s.-backed mona
. >> steve: coming up tomorrow, lisa gibbons and navy seals for hire as nannies. maria molina will join us in the after the show show. why do i think we should redo our set in shag carpet? >> brian: i don't know. something to do with the guys behind you. if you have to run from the tv, run to the radio. kilmeade and friends gets started in three seconds, two seconds. >> gretchen: have a great day. bye, everyone. martha: a small alabama town's nightmare is over after being held hostage for 7 very long days. a little boy is with his mom this morning. great news to report today. i'm martha mccallum in america's newsroom. gregg: i'm gregg jarrett. the little boy is said to be just fine, he's laughing and playing with his toys. martha: we are learning the details of this daring raid that managed to save him and kill his captor. >> within the past 24 hours negotiations deer to yaitd and mr. dykes was observed holding a gun. at this point fbi agents fearing the child was in imminent danger entered the bunker and rescued the child. the child appears physically unharmed and is being treated at a lo
the state has been on alert all day. nbc's miguel almaguer starts us off with that tonight from l.a. outside the heavily defended lapd headquarters. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. tonight police headquarters is a fortress. some officers are armed with shotguns in addition to their side arms. the lapd says they're under attack by a man targeting law enforcement officers. 33-year-old christopher dorner is an accused cop killer who says he won't stop the killing until he's dead. tonight, thousands of police officers are hunting for a man that used to be one of their own. tactical teams spread across nine counties in southern california. >> of course he knows what he's doing. we trained him. >> reporter: he's heavily armed and extremely dangerous. police say former lapd officer christopher dorner has already killed three, and is gunning for more. >> this has gone far enough. nobody else needs to die. >> reporter: fired from the force in 2009 for allegedly making false statements, dorner says his dismissal was unjust. police say he names those he's targeting in
and is being treated at a local hospital. martha: elizabeth tran has been covering this and joins us from midland city, alabama. what a huge relief for this community. tell me what you are hearing about how they pulled off this raid. >> reporter: we just spoke with the local sheriff here and he told us it's still have much an. >> crime scene and ongoing investigation though details are being released. we know from federal official they were able to see inside of that bunker which is how they had knowledge jimmy lee dykes had a gun. fbi officials did confirm via e-mail that he thinks dykes was killed by law enforcement. but the fbi is processing the scene and they will release details about the shooting of dykes very soon. he says it's very important that the agency keeps certain tactics private. the feds need to protect their resources. a loud boom was heard on the scene when police stormed the bunker. they felt he was in imminent danger. last night they continued to sweep the property to check for buried bombs while the neighborhood behind me does in fact remain evacuated. martha: that l
will join us later on "starting point." >>> let's get started here. a 5-year-old boy held captive for six days in an underground bunker in alabama is back in the arms of his farmly this morning. we are so happy to report that. we're told that hes thrilled to be reunited with his favorite toy which is a dinosaur. little ethan's kidnaper is dead, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes killed yesterday in the fbi raid that freed that little boy. victor blackwell, live from midland city, alabama this morning. i know you're very excited to be sharing this information, victor. what do we know about the raid and why law enforcement actually decided to go in? >> good morning, zoraida. two reasons primarily. the first is because authorities say they observed jimmy lee dykes with a gun and the second reason is because in the day leading up to that raid, the communications with dykes had broken down. so they realized they could not wait any longer to go in and rescue ethan. ethan is safe. this is a photograph of the 5-year-old being taken into a hospital after nearly a week being held in an underground bunker
wintry weather. we're looking at mostly rain, a system for us that will start as rain around 2:00 to 3:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. mostly rain for us, but we can't at the tail end of this system when it starts making its way out of the area, we could see gusts up to 50 miles an hour. as far as areas around new york city, they could get upwards of a foot of snow. snow and wind as the system gets off the coast and really starts affecting the northeast. in new england it's a full-out blizzard with 1 to 2 feet of snowfall. you're looking at the start times here. for us, it's friday morning as rain. for areas around new york, it's friday early afternoon. they by friday evening, up into eastern new england. again, significant travel delays for the northeast, probably all out coming to a spot in areas. so just a newsens storm for us, but a full-out blizzard with high winds, a lot of snow, and big-time snow drifts occurring throughout areas of new england. it's not just one storm, but two storms. area of low pressure down to the south. another area of low pressure off to the west around chicago,
tracy has the story. john miller with more on the suspect. david martin shows us the navy's next generation drone bomber as congress investigates whether drone killings are legal. and after russia banned adoptions by americans, robert and kim summers went to moscow anyway, hoping to bring back a son. elaine quijano has the rest of ther story. >> don't let these children suffer, please. that's all we ask. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. two ill winds are blowing tonight, a low-pressure storm system rolling out of the midwest will soon collide with another system coming out of the southeast. where they meet will be a classic nor'easter with blizzard conditions. blizzard warnings are up from northern new jersey to maine. and in some of the nation's most important transportation hubs, 1600 flights have been canceled so far. david bernard is our weather consultant. david, what can we expect tonight? >> all the ingredients are coming together for that powerhouse area of low pressure. what i want to do is show you wh
congress into putting off billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts, cuts he fears will wreck the u.s. economic recovery. basically he wants lawmakers to kick the can down the road one more time. let's go to our white house correspondent dan lothian. dan is joining us. dan, the president made a little bit of a surprise appearance over in the white house briefing room. >> reporter: that's right. very surprising because the president in the past has criticized these short-term deals saying that this is not what the american people sent their elected officials to washington to do. you have this march 1st deadline quickly approaching. while congress is trying to work on a bigger budget, 1 pine point $2 trillion package, the president says they need more time in order to continue tipping away at the problem. the big concern is that everyone believes that the economy is moving in the right direction. the president is pointing to auto sales, the housing, to manufacturing. and so there's this worry that if this see quester happens, if these deep cuts happen then it could be a major set back f
might still be with us. >> sean: there is no way he can draw that conclusion. mr. president that is what we call rampant speculation. he is pressing for a ban on firearms and universal background checks that nra claims is way to punish good law abiding citizens. >> it's a fraud to call it universal. it will never be universal. the criminals could care less. you are not going to computerize the mental health records. we ought to quick calling it universe a.m. check. real title, check on law abiding people all over this country. >> sean: too things to take away from his campaign. one, what you are seeing is a president attempting to push through legislation that may look good but clearly does not need to make sense. number two, this is president who continues to have misplaced priorities. where is the same attention and intensity when it comes to the lack of jobs and 50 million americans on food stamps? we learned the economy was shrinking and unemployment is back up to 7.9% and all this news is pouring out. here is what the president is addressing. >> i am here today because the time has
about it. let us know your opinions at 1-866-55-press. our big town hall meeting of the day here. about to kick off. and breaking news, the white house has reversed course. it says that now will release the secret memos on what guidelines it uses in deciding to kill americans overseas and what kind of evidence they demand before they target americans. that, of course, comes only after getting a lot of pressure from members of congress and from the public. so, you see, all of those phone calls really do work. we'll tell you more about that and a whole lot of other stuff here on this morning's "full court press" but first, we get the latest, today's current news update from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi lisa. good morning. >> hey bill, good morning everyone. >>> the president is attending the national prayer breakfast this morning along with the first lady and vice president biden. then this afternoon he is headed to lancedown virginia to speak at the conference. biden is in massachusetts. cowan is filling in for john kerry who is secretary of state but it is only on a temporary ba
the hunters and made them part of the hunted. there are special assets, some of which used to come under myom command, like the special investigations section, and these are guys who are highly trained surveillance experts. they can disappear into a neighborhood, but they're also heavily armed trained marksmen and very tactically proficient. they'll pull out all the stops and put their best people on it. >> pelley: the manhunt goes on. john, thank you very much. >> pelley: another big story tonight, on the east coast. two winds blowing tonight a low-pressure storm system rolling out of the midwest will soon collide with another system coming out of the southeast. where they meet will be a classic nor'easter with blizzard conditions. blizzard warnings are already up from northern new jersey to maine, and in some of the nation's most important transportation hubs, at least 1600 flights have been canceled so far. david bernard is our weather consultant. david, what can we expect tonight? >> scott, all the ingredientsin are coming together for that powerhouse area of low pressure.stor what i want
from a downed u.s. drone. >> surprising about-face from lance armstrong, admitted cycling cheater now planning to cooperate with anti-doping officials. >>> something you don't see in brooklyn. >> goat disoriented. >>> all that -- >> hey, i just met you. this is crazy. but here's my number so call me, may "b." >> barrett, you start. >> would you marry me? >> no. >> and all that matters. >> federal reserve says it has fixed what it calls a temporary vulnerability which allowed hackers to briefly breach one of its internal websites. >> saying the hackers could have made up with as much as negative $14 trillion. >> on "cbs this morning." >> there's a must smartphone app that lets you communicate with your house plants. the app is called i will die alone. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." while you were sleeping in the west a massive search is under way in southern california a former police officer wanted for double murder is accused of shooting two police officers earlier this morning, killing one of them. >> it is happening in river side outside of los angeles. bi
of a deal is this? >> this is a big deal for us. this is what it's all about. >> reporter: general manager vero piacentini says his resort got just eight inches of snow last year. that forced them to spend $250,000 on snow making. >> you go into last year where , you know, we were just scraping it all together trying to keep the ski area open. and then you get into a year like this where it doesn't get any better right now. >> reporter: the low snowfall has been a brief respite for battered city and state budgets. last winter low snow totals saved providence, rhode island, $1.2 million. in manchester, new hampshire $636,000. and boston saved more than $11 million. much of the savings were put back into other city services. and, scott with forecasters predicting up to 30 inches of snow here, schools have already been closed tomorrow, and the airport here, the main airport logan, has been closed. it will be closed tomorrow afternoon and remain closed through the day on saturday. >> pelley: terrell, thank you. the next big story of the day, three people are dead, and a massive manhunt is on.
. what more can you tell us about this? >> reporter: we know the family was shoveling out their driveway at the time up in boston. they got about 24, 25 inches of snow. the conditions not quite the same here as it is up there. so people are starting to clean up there. from what we understand the boy went to warm up in the car after doing a bit of shoveling, but because there was so much snow that car was covered in snow. we understand the tail pipe was kind of covered in snow as well so when they turned the car on and got it running there was obviously a concern there and the boy got carbon monoxide poisoning and was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced. >> tim caputo from our affiliate whdh. thanks, tim. >>> to politics now, first lady michelle obama is among the mourners remembering a 15-year-old chicago girl who died a tragic random death. leah pendelton was gunned down after participating in the obamas' inauguration. "the new york times" topped its paper and we'll dig into the legal justification for drone strikes later in the program and president obama warning that t
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's kyung lah is joining us from los angeles where the police chief is calling it extremely worry some and scare ree. what's the latest kyung? >> reporter: certainly scary for anyone connected to the police department in southern california. this is where today's shooting spree began but all of this, wolf, began earlier this week. the murder spree began on sunday with the double killing of a newly engaged couple, monica quan and keith lawrence, quan, the daughter of a retired lapd captain, the officer who represented christopher dorner in front of the police board that eventually fired him. dorner refers to quan's murder in his man guess stow. he writes, i never had the opportunity to have a family of my own. i'm terminating yours. self-preservation is no longer important to me. i do not fear death as i died long ago on january 2nd of '09, a date a few month after dorner was fired as a police officer. the lapd fanned out, launching 40 protection details throughout southern california. >> lapd is the specific target but all law enforcement is target. this is a vendetta to all southern c
brother told us. rebel mortar fire landed near assad's palace. that's a first. you look in the eyes of so many people, you see a different kind of wound, the fear is real. near of what tomorrow may bring to damascus. terry moran, abc news, damascus, syria. >>> former congressman jesse jackson jr. and his wife are due in court, expected to plead guilty to federal charges. he's accused of spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, including a $40,000 gold rolex. his wife, a former chicago lawmaker, sandra jackson, is charged with filing false tax returns. >>> vice president biden tells americans they do not need assault weapons to scare off bad guys, just use a shotgun. his response came in response to a facebook question about responsible gun ownership. >> look what the democrats are doing. joe saying i got two shotguns. obama saying look at my picture. they're trying to walk this line -- >> we're not against the 2nd amendment. it's all theater. >>> here's a look at your wednesday weather. denver will see snow by this afternoon. that storm will move into the plains. showers for
. >> it was very tired sniet was very sweet. >>> a view from the red carpet. joan and melissa rivers join us and share a few secrets about those making the scene at the oscars. >>> if that's not spicy enough about you. we'll talk with chrissy vegas fowler spicing things up. >>> but our top story this morning, phone benedict xvi begins his last week as leader of the world's nearly 1.2 billion catholics. the pope had hoped to make this transition smooth and controversy-free, but that's not to be and new hints of scandal are clouding his final days. allen pizzey has more from rome. >> reporter: there's still no word on whether he'll issue an edict to the conclave to start sooner rather than later after his resignation. but today the spokesman federico hid out of the press for a time he called disorientation in the church to spread slander. it they've spoken of a gay lobbyist homosexual private whose activities have not only gone against church teachings but have left them and by an extension of the vatican open the blackmail. the three cardinals who compiled the report
dykes is dead. killed in the raid that freed that little boy. they used secret cameras to watch dykes, noticed he was acting erratically and that time may had been running out. victor blackwell is live. what a relief for this family. victor, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, brooke. yes, not only for the family, but for the entire community. people across the country, even in other countries, were following this story, and commenting and praying that they were hoping ethan would be able to come home soon. two reasons why this happened when it did. first, we're told that communications with jimmy lee dykes broke down in the day leading up to the raid and the more important reason, they saw he had a gun and he had to go in when they did to save ethan. ethan is safe. this is a photograph of the 5-year-old being taken to a hospital after being held hostage for nearly a week in an underground bunker in midland city, alabama. >> he is doing fine. he's laughing, joking, playing, eating. things that you would expect a normal 5 to 6-year-old young man to do. he's very brave. he's very l
us to talk about this project. and saru jayaraman is exposing secrets of restaurants around the country. plus richard simmons joins us to talk about his new project too. it's thursday, february 7th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. our starting point this morning is bracing for the big one. right now there's a blizzard watch in effect for parts of new england. there's a winter storm heading to the northeast. it could be historic because it is expected to leave behind more than two feet of snow in some places with the first flakes falling tomorrow. we want to get right to indra petersons, she's tracking the weather for us out of atlanta. good morning. >> back on february 17th and 18th of 2003, boston got 27 1/2 inches of snow. we're looking to see whether or not we break that record with this nor'easter. let's talk about how it's expected to form. we're currently watching some severe weather potentially pushing through. we even had a tornado warning in southeast louisiana this morning. this now is forming into a low. it's pathology up towards the car
is said to be in good spirit this is morning. agents entered the bunker using a distractive device, some sort of explosive. when it was all said and done, the boy's captor was dead and the little boy not hurt. >>> we're hearing from senator robert menendez for the first time about claims that he was with prostitutes during overseas trips. coming up, his emotional response to what he says is a false attack. >>> we've got more details this morning on just what caused the lights to go out during the super bowl. we'll go live to new orleans where some people are saying it happened twice during beyonce's rehearsal. so, were warning signs missed? but we'll begin with dramatic new details in that hostage situation in alabama. gabe gutierrez is in midland city once again this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. law enforcement official tells nbc news that the fbi somehow managed to get a secret camera inside that bunker and that's how they decided to move in. a dramatic end to a six-day standoff. in alabama monday, a federal hostage team stormed an underground bunker, where this ma
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